The Blessed Unrest - Sara Bareilles
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's fourth full-length studio release was produced by Mark Endert, John O'Mahony, and Kurt Uenala.
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Genre(s): Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The songwriter gets primary production credit on nine of the 12 tracks from The Blessed Unrest, and on many of them, she uses that position to build the sort of stunning and nuanced arrangements that elevate her songs beyond traditional singer/songwriter fare.
  2. 83
    [Unrest finds] her channeling Fiona Apple and Florence Welch on a lovely collection of confessional sketches. [19 Jul 2013, p.87]
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    Bareilles is such a naturally melodic songwriter that she doesn't run much of a risk of seeming insular on The Blessed Unrest and, fortunately, the feel of the album follows the contours of her melodies, so its melancholy is warm and inviting.
  4. Jul 16, 2013
    Bareilles' new album was the result of unrest, but as its title suggests, she has positively embraced her dissatisfaction and subsequently grown as an artist.
  5. Aug 7, 2013
    All in all, The Blessed Unrest is a well conceived effort, but not sans flaws.
  6. Jul 16, 2013
    The Blessed Unrest is full of broad, exposition-heavy vignettes of heartache and resiliency; the songs feel groomed for rom-com soundtracks.
  7. Jul 16, 2013
    The Blessed Unrest is all shoulder-drooping heft, and her musical choices are vexing.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    This album is a gift to humanity. As someone who's insanely talented, we are all so blessed that she is still giving us what real music means. This album has it all. The beat, the melody, the words, the figures, the meaning, the poetry, the music, everything. Standouts from this album are the best wedding song ever I CHOOSE YOU and the hunting ISLANDS and 1000 TIMES. There will never be another Sara Bareilles. I wish she'll have millions of albums. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2013
    This album is absolutely beautifully written and performed. It is really hard to come across an album where each song has meaning and evoke so much emotion from the listener. Listening to the album moves you and inspires you, and the tracks touches places in your heart that you'd never thought anyone could reach. And might I add, The Blessed Unrest is an absolutely smashing name for an album. Sara Bareilles is easily the best singer-songwriter in the industry today. Also, congratulations to her for the recent Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, and the other nominations for Brave. Collapse
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    "The Blessed Unrest" is certainly an album that demands attention, and once you hear with a refined look, you will realize that it is an album that can shake her emotional structures. Every song has a unique and special meaning, and conveys what music has of better. Melodically beautiful, poetically beautifully arranged and sung sweetly. Super recommended! Expand
  4. Jul 17, 2013
    Sara Bareilles's new album proves that she is still the amazing artist who sang Love Song. Not only is the writing amazing, the composition is inspiring. Of course, one can expect piano wherever Sara Bareilles goes. In a time where many artists are using obnoxious dubstep beats, Sara Bareilles hasn't lost sight on who she is. Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2013
    Bareilles' new album shows the same eclectic spirit as her previous releases and embraces a more adult worldview—one that says it's okay to leave love behind and explore life on your own. From beautiful future standards to morose synth-pop and more, the diversity The Blessed Unrest gives listeners whatever kind of escape they're looking for, all with the underlying tie of Bareilles' masterful and evocative songwriting. Expand